SHANNON 25 BUCCANEERS 21, Coonagh
Scorers: Shannon: Try: Richie Mullane; Con: Tadhg Bennett; Pens: Tadhg Bennett 5; Drop: Tadhg Bennett
Buccaneers: Tries: Mark Bruce, Simon Rolleston, John O'Brien; Pens: Alan Gaughan 2
Buccaneers outscored Shannon by three tries to one but Tadhg Bennett kicked a match-winning 20 points for the hosts.
The former Under-20 star is beginning to come of age in the Shannon side and marked himself out as a leader on Saturday afternoon, as the hosts came under fierce pressure from Buccs.
There was some added intrigue to this game. Geoff Moylan, who has been reinstalled as Shannon's coach this season, and Shannon's number 8 David Quinlan previously coached and played for Buccs respectively.
Beaten at Blackrock last week, Shannon needed a confidence-boosting win and Friday's news that Mossie Lawlor is going on trial with London Wasps was ill-timed.
Lawlor will be a big loss and with record AIB League points scorer Andrew Thompson out injured, Bennett had to shoulder the kicking burden.
Even if Lawlor's absence was felt, the Shannon pack was steeled by the inclusion of Munster heavyweights Tony Buckley and Donnacha Ryan - the latter having played as a replacement on Friday night against Montauban.